In this feature series, I briefly introduce some fabulous entrepreneurial ladies – a fun snapshot of the lady behind the business.
Sophie of Sophie Martin Expression
Describe your business in 25 words or less?
I invite anyone to reach their highest potential and find their purpose. My tools include yoga, meditation, public speaking, theatre, creativity, Infinite Sekhem and coaching.
Where did you live and what did you work at before you came to Hong Kong?
I am a former art and cultural events manager.
I have promoted artists and arts events for over 10 years in Europe, around the Mediterranean sea and Hong Kong.
Do you remember the first time you made a sale?
Since I combine different disciplines, my first client asked me for a session but didn’t specify any precise requirements.
So I asked, how can I help you ? Creativity at work? Public Speaking? Yoga? Stress? Find your path? Self confidence ?
The client replied, yes all of this would be great! I was perplexed but realised it was also possible to tailor make a session with a little bit of everything!
As a home business, where’s the strangest place you’ve taken a work call?
To be honest I hardly receive phone calls unless they are planned. Most clients reach me through mails and WhatsApp.
If not, probably from the playground or at the park while feeding turtles or outside school.
What would you say is the worst idea you’ve ever had when it comes to your business?
It could have been to combine all my passions in one job, but it turned out to be a good idea I still think.
What do your kids think about their Mom being an entrepreneur?
I am not sure if they realise!
I coach, teach drama, yoga, public speaking, creativity at work and workshops outside home.
So they probably think I spend too much time on my phone and computer and that I work too much even during the months when I feel that my business is slow.
Tell us one interesting thing about you that most people may not know.
I am not scared to speak in public but I am terrified to sing.
So in order to go beyond my comfort zone I just took my first singing class! I still need lots more but I loved it!
What would be your karaoke song of choice?
“Heroes” By Bowie
“Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
Sophie is like an oasis of calm and serenity in this busy, fast moving world – I think I need some of her influence in my life!
So ladies, if Sophie can do it, so can you. If you have always wanted to run your own business – Go for It, take that next step!
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